São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport Guide (GRU)

Airport info
Code: GRU
Rodovia Hélio Smidt, Guarulhos, São Paulo, 07190-100, Brazil

São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport is situated 25km (18 miles) northeast of São Paulo.

No. of terminals: 4 Dialling code: +55
+55 11 2445 2945.
Timezone: GMT -03:00
São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport map

The main aviation hub serving the sprawling city of São Paulo in Brazil, São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the country. Our guide to the airport includes relevant contact information, as well as details about transfers, terminal services and nearby hotels.

Airport news

General expansion projects, including the construction of additional runways, are on-going ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games. A long-term plan to extend Line 13, also known as the Guarulhos Train, to connect the airport’s train station in Guarulhos to the Engenheiro Goulart Station in São Paulo is underway and set to become operational during late-2015.


There are Infraero information counters (tel: +55 11 2445 2945) in the departures and arrivals areas of Terminals 1 and 2. Tourist information is provided by the ABAV-SP (The Brazilian Association of Travel Agencies of São Paulo) (+55 11 2445 3484) with desks similarly located on the arrivals floors of Terminals 1 and 2. Comunicação Social can also assist with specific enquiries (tel: +55 11 2445 2256 or 2891).

Transfer between terminals

The two main terminals (Terminals 1 and 2) are situated in one structure, close enough for passengers to walk between them. Shuttle buses connect Terminal 4 to Terminals 1 and 2 and the car parks.

Driving directions

To reach São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport, take either Ayrton Senna or Presidente Dutra highways eastbound from the city centre.

Public Transport

Public transport road

Bus: Public buses connect São Paulo-Guarulhos Airport with Congonhas Domestic Airport and various destinations in the city centre (journey time to downtown São Paulo: around 50 minutes).

Alternatively, the Airport Bus Service (tel: +55 800 770 2287; www.airportbusservice.com.br) runs regular coach services to destinations in and around the city. Tickets should be purchased in advance on the arrivals floor of Terminals 1 and 2. 

Shuttle:A shuttle minibus service operates to the city centre (journey time: 30-50 minutes) from outside Terminals 1 and 2.

Taxi:Prepaid radio taxis serve the terminals. Fares start at around R$95, and the journey time varies from 30 to 60 minutes into central São Paolo, depending on traffic (which can often be heavy).

Terminal facilities


Banks with bureau de change facilities are located in Terminals 1 and 2. ATMs are available in every terminal.


Paid-for Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout the majority of the airport complex. A post office is situated in Terminal 1, opening during usual working hours (closed on Sunday).


A good choice of restaurants is available in Terminals 1 and 2. Facilities are more restricted in Terminal 4, but a coffee shop, restaurant and fast food outlet are available.


There is a good selection of shops and duty-free outlets in Terminals 1 and 2. There is a small shop in Terminal 4.


Trolleys are available. There is a 24-hour left-luggage office in the arrivals area of the main terminal complex, operated by Malex do Brasil. A lost and found service (tel: +55 11 2445 3786) can be found on the Departures level.


First aid facilities are located in all terminals and there are pharmacies in Terminals 1 and 2. There is access to a viewing terrace from the main terminal complex.

Airport facilities

Conference and business

Business facilities, including telephones, fax machines and computers, are available on the departures floor of the administration building. As well as VIP lounges, there are two conference rooms that can each accommodate 80 to 100 people.

Conference facilities are also offered at local hotels, including the São Paulo Airport Marriott Hotel (tel: +55 11 2468 6999;www.marriott.com) and the Hotel Monaco Residence (tel: +55 11 2463 7200;www.monacohoteis.com.br).

Disabled facilities

Facilities for disabled travellers are simple but sufficient, including ramps, adapted toilets and modified telephones.

Car parking

Long and short-term parking is available outside the terminals. Payment offices are situated in the arrivals halls.

Car rental

Car hire companies: Avis, Budget, Hertz, Interlocadora, Localiza, Locar Alpha, Movida and Unidas each have offices at the airport.


There is a transit hotel within the airport, with full-service accommodation options nearby. Hotel reservations can be made at the tourist information counters on the arrivals floor of Terminals 1 and 2.

São Paulo Airport Marriott Hotel

+55 11 2468 6999.

The São Paulo Airport Marriott Hotel is a five-minute drive or shuttle ride from São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport. The hotel is a good choice for either business or leisure travellers with its on-site restaurant, business centre, swimming pool and fitness facilities.

Av. Monteiro Lobato S/N, Guarulhos, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Slaviero Fast Sleep

+55 11 2445 2356.

This on-site transit accommodation has quick access to the international and domestic terminals. Most rooms are small and house bunk beds, however several larger ‘suite’ rooms are also available.

São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport, Rod. Hélio Smidt, s/nº, Cumbica, Brazil

Hotel Matiz Guarulhos

+55 11 3411 7000.

Situated close to the airport complex, the Matiz provides a complimentary shuttle service around the clock. In addition, an on-site restaurant is available, offering a different food theme each night during the week (with á la carte dining at weekends).

Rua Pedro de Toledo 1000, Guarulhos/SP 07140-000, Brazil

Mercure Guarulhos

+55 11 2475 9988.

Close to the Bosque Maia Park and a just a few minutes from São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport, Mercure Guarulhos offers on-site dining options, car parking spaces, a swimming pool and fitness facilities.

Av. Luiz Dumont Villares 400, Sao Paulo 2085000, Brazil
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